Scuba Diving Locations
The world is filled with great scuba diving locations, and compiling is complete list of scuba diving locations is virtually impossible. Different divers appreciate different types of dive locations, and new amazing dive sites are continuously being explored for the first time by scuba divers. New scuba diving locations are for instance created when ships and aircrafts are wrecked or deliberately submerged into the water. The discovery of an old shipwreck can cause scuba divers to flock, and seismic activity around the world's hot spots can also form new and fascinating scuba diving locations for us to enjoy. The political climate and development of the tourism industry will also affect the selection of available scuba diving locations. The new political stability in Central America has for instance made scuba divers start to explore fascinating dive sites in Nicaragua that used to be avoided by most scuba diving tourists due to the ongoing armed conflicts. Many African countries have also quite recently started to promote their pristine coastlines in an effort to attract scuba divers and thereby provide the local population with a source of income.
In this article, we have chosen to high-light a four fascinating scuba diving locations from very different parts of the world. They do have one thing in common – they are all great scuba diving locations!
Recommended scuba diving location # 1 – Lake Malawi in Malawi, Africa
If you’re into freshwater diving and are looking for something out of the ordinary, then Lake Malawi might be the thing for you. Lake Malawi is located within the Lake Malawi National Park in the small African nation that derives its name from the lake. Parts of the lake belong to Mozambique and Tanzania. The lake was appointed a World Heritage Site in 1980. The dry season begins in May and ends in October, and the rainy season will peak in December – March.
In Lake Malawi, you will encounter a wide range of endemic species. This scuba diving location is especially famous for its abundance of stunning cichlid species that can be found nowhere else in the world. There are over 1000 described tropical fish species present in Lake Malawi, and many of them are highly popular in the aquarium trade. Diving at this scuba diving location can actually feel a bit like swimming around in a huge aquarium with vibrantly colored fishes everywhere.
Recommended scuba diving location # 2 – Cocos Island in Costa Rica, Central America
Cocos Island is one of the best scuba diving locations in Costa Rica and is located on Pacific side of the country. The remoteness of the island has kept it relatively protected from environmental problems such as human settlements and over fishing. The best way of reaching this scuba diving location is by boat, since Cocos Island is located more then 300 miles off the Costa Rican coast. Since the island is not inhabited, you will need to book a place on a liveaboard diveboat.
The marine fauna on this scuba diving location includes large turtles, manta rays, the rare frogfish and hordes of hammerhead sharks. It is considered one of the best scuba diving locations in the world for those interested in diving with sharks. There are also huge snappers to be found in these waters; even bigger than the Whitetip sharks. Even though the area receives a lot of rainfall, the visibility is great. Cocos Island is covered in rainforest and you can expect 18-24feet (6-8 meters) of annually precipitation.
Recommended scuba diving location # 3 – British Columbia in Canada, North America
Are you up for some coldwater diving? Most divers prefer to use a dry suit in these waters, even during the warm season. This scuba diving location has no special diving season – the diving is excellent 12 months a year. The visibility will average from 30 to 100 feet (9 to 30 meters). Two of the most popular scuba diving locations in British Columbia are Vancouver Island and Comox Valley where you can expect to encounter Sealions and Sixgill sharks. Other examples of appreciated scuba diving locations in this region are Queen Charlotte Islands, Port McNeill/Port Hardy, Campbell River and Victoria.
British Columbia has an amazingly rich variety of marine species and these waters are home to over 5,000 different invertebrate species and almost 400 species of fish. The underwater environment is renowned among scuba divers for being one of the more varied and colorful in North America. Weird and wonderful creaturs like the octopuses are common in these waters.
Recommended scuba diving location # 4 – Vietnam, South East Asia
It is hard to pick one favorite scuba diving location in Vietnam. Scuba divers who journey to this country will typically stay long enough to explore a wide range of the great dive sites that this small South East Asian state has to offer. Big wall, Hon Kho Trang, Hon Trau Nam, Hon Tai, Small wall and Fishermen's Bay, Madonna rock, Black tunnel, Coral garden, Moray Beach & Moray rock, South Reef and The Cave are just a few examples of Vietnamese scuba diving destinations well worth a visit. Vietnam is still a comparatively inexpensive scuba diving location and you can find several dive operators that offer scuba diving courses at competitive prices.
The South China Sea is truly prolific and when you go scuba diving in Vietnam you can for instance encounter Whale sharks, Lunar mooncapes, Moray eels, Sting rays, Giant porcupine fish, Black Frog Fish and White Frog Fish, Groupers, Jacks and Parrot Fishes. There is also an abundance of hard and soft corals, including needle corals and big table corals.
The dive season in Vietnam is restricted to the dry season, since the visibility during the rainy season is no more than 5 meters. If you plan to visit scuba diving locations in Vietnam, you should therefore avoid the period from October to January. April and May are considered the best diving months of the year, since these two months typically offer an underwater visibility up to 30-40 meters (roughly 100-130 feet).